Tuesday, September 13, 2016

McDonald Park, Tamborine Mountain


Another section of the Rainforest on Tamborine Mountain is McDonald Park. The tree above is one we've seen in several rainforests. It is a Piccabeen Palm
There was a pair of large strangler figs dominating a portion of the forest.


It was morning and the forest was full of birds that we simply could not see no matter how hard we tried. But we should hear them. Here's a short video to give a different view of the forest and some of the sounds. I captured a couple calls of the Eastern Whipbird. You'll know when you hear it. It sounds just like a whip crack. What you hear is the male whipbird...he starts with a high pitched, almost a pure sine wave that grows in intensity and quickly ends with the "whip crack". Although I can't hear the female on this recording, typically, a female will immediately respond with two rapidly falling frequency cries. They usually occur so close together in time that, when the birds are close to one another, it sounds like one birds making the entire call.




As we saw in the Palms national park north of Toowoomba, the forest floor is littered fallen palm fronds.

This next video has no whipbird calls, but it has a multitude of other birds calls. Of course, I cannot identify any of them except perhaps the raucous Australian King Parrot




Some of the trees are felled to make room for the walking path or are simply cut up to clear the path once they have fallen. I find it interesting to see how circular the decayed part is in the middle.

Iconic in these forests are the buttressed roots of the large trees.